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Old 12-24-2007, 10:59 AM   #1
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What is this?

I'm planning to scoop out this algae, but I was wondering what it was and if there are any tricks to control it.

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150 Gal tank
300W 8h/d (130 of the watts are actinic)
Excel every other day
Flourish once or twice per week
Extremely light fish load, about 20 guppy fry
Filstar 3 canister filter
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Old 12-24-2007, 12:21 PM   #2
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Diatoms, while not actually an algae it is more frequent with new tanks. They usually subside as the tank matures. Otto fish will snack on it.
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Thanks for the answer. It makes so much sense. First, the tank has only been set up about a month. Second, when I took the plants out and washed them, the stuff kind of dissolved away instead of being stringy and since diatoms are single celled individualistic things instead of a macro type algae, it all fits. I put some turbulence in the tank with a Koralia 2 and am wondering if that might help keep it at bay too.
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